Angela advises multinational and Chinese clients on corporate transactions and regulatory issues. She specialises in cross-border M&A transactions, restructurings, divestitures, joint ventures and foreign direct investment in China.
Herbert Smith Freehills is one of only eight international law firms permitted to integrate China law advice with international legal services through its joint operation with Kewei in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone.
"Transactional and regulatory advice is a key offering to our clients, and Angela strengthens our skills in both cross-border and domestic markets," said Kewei international partner Gavin Guo. "She is highly regarded for her client empathy and critical thinking, making her a trusted legal specialist from general corporate advisory to high-profile transactions."
Angela will work closely with Herbert Smith Freehills' regional and global corporate teams, who provide a bespoke international offering for some of the world's largest companies.
"Our seamless work with Kewei supports growth in our firm network along China investments corridors in Asia and beyond, and has been hugely successful since its launch in 2019," said May Tai, Herbert Smith Freehills' Asia managing partner. "We're thrilled to offer clients access to an integrated service inclusive of international and local law expertise, including lawyers such as Angela."
The joint operation, Herbert Smith Freehills Kewei, formally launched in August 2019. Since then it has provided an integrated legal service for matters related to Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa, America and Australia.
"This is a continued expansion of our capabilities in China with Kewei, answering the growing demand from the firm's clients for corporate expertise in China matters," said May. "Over the past two years, the success of our joint operation with Kewei has exceeded all our expectations, and Angela's appointment is just the latest expansion of the team, following the appointment of partner Peng Lei in October."
"A Herbert Smith Freehills alumna, Angela embodies our client-first approach that supports longstanding growth for clients in the region," said May.
ABOUT ANGELA ZHAO
Angela advises on complex transactions particularly in pharma and healthcare, consumers, manufacturing and industrials, logistics and automobile sectors.
Fluent in Mandarin and English, Angela obtained a bachelor's degree in law from Southwest University of Political Science and a master's degree in law from Xiamen University.
Prior to joining Kewei, she worked for Herbert Smith Freehills.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Operating from 26 offices across Asia Pacific, EMEA and North America, Herbert Smith Freehills is at the heart of the new global business landscape. With a nearly 40-year history in Asia, Herbert Smith Freehills has over 300 lawyers and legal professionals in the region, advising clients on complex corporate, disputes and finance matters from offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Jakarta*, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo.
The firm's China corporate practice comprises 14 partners and over 60 lawyers, a leading practice in the region. The team advises on M&A, joint ventures, takeovers, demergers and capital market transactions from offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Kewei combines top-quality China lawyers with international experience, a strong client list, and an innovative managed legal services business. Angela joins partners Stanley Xie, Cathy Liu, Frances Xu and Peng Lei as well as international partners Gavin Guo and Weina Ye.
*In Jakarta, Herbert Smith Freehills' international counsel practise alongside its affiliate firm, Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung, one of Indonesia’s leading commercial and corporate law firms.
*史密夫斐尔在雅加达与其联营律师事务所Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung共同执业，Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung是印度尼西亚领先的商业和公司事务律师事务所。